Morrison & Foerster Adds Market Leading Agency Finance Team in Washington, DC; Further strengthens the company’s cross-border financing capacities


The practice led by Greg Smith and Ann Lilienthal brings the firm unmatched experience in complex international project finance transactions in emerging markets around the world.

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Morrison & Foerster, a leading law firm in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of a new Agency Finance team to its Financial department in Washington DC Directed by Greg smith and Anne Lilienthal, the team manages complex financing transactions for development finance institutions, multilateral agencies, regional development banks and export credit agencies around the world.

Mr. Smith and Ms. Lilienthal’s practice focuses on complex cross-border financing transactions in emerging markets around the world, with particular emphasis on Latin America, Central and South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East. The team advises lending agencies in their financing of critical infrastructure and other developmentally significant projects, with collective transaction experience for these clients in more than 80 countries. Their practice covers multiple sectors including energy (conventional electricity and renewable energies), financial services, housing, education, hospitality, manufacturing, microfinance, mining, petrochemicals, telecommunications. and transport.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this market-leading team to the company,” said Jennifer marine, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s financial department. Greg and Ann are widely regarded as global leaders in finance. They provide elite services to agencies and other lending institutions on some of the most complex and sophisticated projects in the world. The addition of Greg’s team and Ann presents huge opportunities for MoFo, particularly with respect to our existing US energy and infrastructure project platforms, Asia, and Latin America. “

Mr. Smith’s practice is classified in Group 1 by Chambers United States in the Projects: Agency Funding category and has also been recognized as a global leader by Chambers, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America and other ranking organizations for many years. Historically, some of Mr. Smith’s major clients have included the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC, Successor in the Interest of Overseas Private Investment Corporation), Export-Import Bank of United States (United States Ex-I am a bank), Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Export and Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden NV (FMO), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), CDC Group plc and African Development Bank.

Ms. Lilienthal has worked with Mr. Smith for over eight years. She is widely regarded as one of the leading agency finance lawyers of her generation and is able to manage and negotiate complex transactions in English, Spanish and French.

“I am delighted to join Morrison & Foerster, ”said Smith. “My first opportunity to work with the firm arose very early in my career, and since then I have always been impressed by the professionalism, collegiality and ability to manage complex cross-border projects of the MoFo lawyers that I have known. MoFo has long been viewed as a company of exceptional sophistication, and a leader in the international transactional space in particular, and therefore it is an ideal place for the continued growth of our group and an ideal place to continue to serve. the agency. community of lenders.

“I look forward to bringing my international finance experience and multilingual skills to the firm and working closely with MoFo colleagues around the world to assist clients with their most complex cases,” said Ms. Lilienthal. “The firm’s focus on diversity, inclusion and collaboration has also been a major asset for me. “

Mr. Smith and Mrs. Lilienthal join Morrison & Foerster along with other members of their team, all of whom focus on agency funding.

The arrival of the team further strengthens Morrison & Foerster’s financing and cross-border project capacities, following the recent addition of several financial partners in new York, California, and Asia. The addition of Mr. Smith and Ms. Lilienthal also underlines the continued expansion of the business. Washington DC Office. Since early 2021, Morrison & Foerster added seven partners in Washington DC, including Mr. Smith and Ms. Lilienthal, Stacy Cline Amin, Brian kidd, Alexandre Okuliar, David Shaw, and Brandon Van Grack.

Mr. Smith obtained his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and its AB of Georgetown University. He is admitted to the bar of the District of Colombia and Illinois.

Ms Lilienthal received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree in international economics, summa cum laude, from the American University of Paris. She is admitted to the bar of the District of Colombia and new York. Ms. Lilienthal is fluent in Spanish and French.

ABOUT MOFO

We are Morrison & Foerster — a global company with exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks and Fortune 100 companies, technology and life sciences. Emphasizing the firm’s commitment to customer service and leadership in market-changing business and impactful litigation, MoFo has been recognized as one of the top 15 firms on The American Lawyer 2020 A List. . Year after year, the firm receives significant recognition from Chambers and The Legal 500 through their various guides, including Global, United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, UK, Latin America, and FinTech Legal. Our lawyers are committed to delivering innovative, business-oriented results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community by providing pro bono legal services, including advocating for civil rights and freedoms, improving public education for poor children, advocating for elders. combatants, the promotion of international human rights, the obtaining of asylum for the persecuted, and the protection of the environment.

Media contact

Marie Armstrong-Hébert, Morrison & Foerster, +44 (0) 20 7920 4065, [email protected]

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